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Europe and the coronavirus

The failure of the meeting between the European leaders occurred on March 26th about the measures to be adopted to strengthen the solidarity between State-members and soften the economic consequences of the current outbreak shows to which point the European Union has not assessed the challenges to which it is confronted. So, it risks being one of the main victims. Germany and the Netherland have put their veto to the proposal of nine other States, among which are France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and even Luxemburg, to issue European bonds, the “corona bonds”, assigned to finance the countries which were the ...

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A crisis which is not like the other ones

The crisis the world economy is going through is without  precedent. Measures taken to fight against the corona virus outbreak have, as an effect, to stop the economic activity. Household aren’t anymore moving around, which hurts entire sectors: air transport, hotels, airports, restaurants. Shuted up at home, they don’t consume anymore, except to satisfy essential needs and shops, malls and soon markets close. Enterprises have no more clients or spare parts to produce. Home working is only possible for some services activities. To produce, you need to be there. Plants put their workers on unemployment and close. But ...

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The new oil crisis

In the past, oil crisis were associated with a sharp increase of the barrel price, as at the beginning of the Seventies or in 1979, which had generated an inflationist wave, followed by a restrictive action by the central banks. Through a sharp augmentation of their interest rates, they had caused recessions. These last days, it is the fall of the barrel value, between 30 and 40%, which generates a deep worry. Financial markets, already affected by the corona virus epidemic, have plummeted and the trend was amplified by the American president declarations. Oil company shares or industrial equipments for ...

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A tribute to Jack Welch

Jack Welch, who has been General Electric Chairman and CEO during twenty years, from 1981 to 2001, has passed away yesterday, March 2nd. He was 84 years old. He had transformed the company to make it the highest Wall Street market capitalization, reaching 400 billion dollars when he retired, and especially, both regarding large company management and strategic issues he acquired at the dawn of globalization and he remains a benchmark. He was also a friend of France. The company current difficulties, whose value fell and which has been excluded from the Dow Jones where it was included since ...

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Le nouvel Etat-stratège

LE NOUVEL ETAT STRATEGELe dernier livre d'Alain Boublil, le nouvel Etat-statège (Editions de l'Archipel) est paru le 5 février 2014.

Le livre apporte les réponses de son auteur  à la question qui est, en France, au centre de tous les débats politiques: "Que peut-on attendre de l'Etat aujourd'hui ? " Et il formule plusieurs suggestions sur l'exercice du pouvoir tirées de son expérience passée auprès de François Mitterrand. Observateur de l'économie mondiale comme conseil des nombreuses grandes entreprises qui ont fait appel à lui, il trace un portrait de la France d'aujourd'hui bien moins pessimiste que ce que l'on entend parfois, à condition que chacun fasse preuve de lucidité sur ses propres comportements. 

Les exigences ont certes été exacerbées par la crise. Mais y faire face est de plus en plus difficile car l'écart s'est creusé entre les attentes de chacun et la réduction des marges de manoeuvres publiques du fait des règles internationales, de l'endettement et des contraintes environnementales.

En dix chapitres, Alain Boublil dresse un bilan sans complaisances, prend la mesure des possibilités et des limites de l'Etat et il ouvre des voies nouvelles pour l'action publique. Il évoque le sauvetage de l'euro, le fardeau de la dette et le ras-le-bol fiscal, l'Etat-patron de Colbert à Jean-Marie Messier, le retour du complexe vis-à-vis de l'Allemagne et les nouveaux outils de l'Etat-stratège dans la mondialisation face aux défis industriels, aux enjeux de la transition énergétique, à la "dictature du CO2" et à la révolution du gaz de schiste. Et il met en garde contre les dérives de l'Etat-spectacle, qui gènent l'efficacité de l'action publique et les facilités de l'Etat-guichet qui débouchent sur le clientélisme.

 

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